Day 2: Black Friday/General Shopping Tips & Tricks
I generally find myself in the crowds the day after Thanksgiving. I swear every year that I won't go back out, but then it's the night before and I find myself making plans. In the past, I usually go with my mom and sometimes my sister. We never wait outside for the deals, we try not to get to a store before it opens. No deal is THAT good!! We get a lot of holiday shopping finished and I enjoy the crowds and Christmas music. A few years ago I did make the trip out with J's brother's girlfriend. We went to the mall and then went to breakfast at Panera. It was fun and we had a good time. It's funny to think about now because at breakfast we had kind of talked about weddings -- even though at the time, neither of us were engaged.
I don't run through the stores or plow into people. I don't cause a scene or tear items from other people's hands. I hope to find whatever it is I am searching for but make sure to keep my feelings in check so as not to be overwhelmed by disappointment if they don't. =) I don't really have any plan of action when I go out that morning.
I have learned to love the internet and online shopping. I seem to always find the best deals online, however, to compete, there are a lot of stores that will beat the online price. I learned that onlines sites, Target/Kohl's/etc. COMPETE with the in-store sales. I try to find what I believe to be the best price on an item online and then take that price to the stores with me JUST IN CASE I don't find a better deal. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
This year I believe I am going shopping with my mom on Black Friday -- but nothing has been officially decided. =) Happy Shopping!